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The life and times of Terry Pratchett and his crazy Discworld

Presentation depicting a micro biography of Pratchett and his works as well as my own inspiration derived from his work.
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Spencer Hayward

on 24 January 2013

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Transcript of The life and times of Terry Pratchett and his crazy Discworld

Sir Terry Pratchett How I first met Pratchett... Discworld's Influence What Have I learned? The World of Discworld Bio How and why I conducted
the visit continued... Bio I had never previously thought on how his writing may have influenced me or my writing. Sir Terry Pratchett's most famous works are included within the series surrounding the fantasy world of the Discworld with its 4 elephants and the Great A'Tuin. In my opinion the top four would have to be: The Colour of Magic, The Light Fantastic, Mort and Small Gods Pratchett performed quite well as a student but excelled greatly in the field of literature. By 13 he had published his first story, the money made through this short story was used to buy his first typewriter. I watched numerous interviews of a man who's voice I had never heard before but that I believe I had always read with. The Light Fantastic The Colour of Magic Mort How and why
I conducted the visit Sir Terry Pratchett - "The
Science of Discworld" I sought to return to the fun filled joy of the world that I explored as a boy. This "Discworld" teeming with imagination and possibility. I decided to reread the first three novels I was given when I was 8. Though I did read all three, I ended up reading the Colour of Magic twice. In Pratchett's work his ideaology and philosophies can clearly be identified. He is a man who believes life to be exceptionally precious but at the same time he feels it is terribly important to point out how silly authority and regulation can be. In reading his work a second time, I found a whole other level beyond the wit and humor found among the pages of his books. Theme and Thought Sir Terry Pratchett- "The Importance of Being Amazed about Absolutely Everything" As a gift that was deemed a little ahead of my years my uncle gave me three novels that he read while in university that he felt were fundamental in the development of my person and taste in literature. Ultimately I believe that I chose to visit with Sir Terry Pratchett because of all the books I've ever read none except his had captivated me on wit and creativity alone. His eccentricity was what allured me into reading more of his novels leading me to delve deeper into Discworld. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/103633-Terry-Pratchett-Makes-His-Own-Heavenly-Sword Pratchett's interest in astronomy as a child led to his interest and eventual obsession with science fiction. Science fiction led Pratchett to radio and radio led Pratchett to the ever evolving world of computer technology where he has lived comfortably at the frontier of since its creation. In the years that followed Pratchett never stopped writing which led him into a life of journalism and Pratchett's experience with journalism was anything but ordinary. In the first 3 hours of having the job he was at a crime scene standing over a dead body while taking notes for a cover story. Pratchett's career in journalism led him to take the two year National Council for the training of Journalists Proficiency course. He scored the highest grade in the country. Pratchett's theme and prose within these books is that of an educated satirical attitude with a touch of insanity and schizophrenia thrown in for a laugh. He considers himself an amatuer cartoonist and artist. For a time he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire and was Knighted for services to literature in the 2009. *Read from The Light Fantastic* Jingo- "Give a man a fire and he's warm for a day, but set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life." In my visit with Pratchett I discovered that from reading his work as a child my life and work has been molded by his ideals, his sense of humor and his ripened sense of satire. His stories have always given me that sense of escape we all yearn for sometimes. And the characters with his books are just people. Despite the genre applied to his work Pratchett's characters are exactly as you'd imagine normal people to be when put in the situations depicted in the books. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” A Hat Full of Sky Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett was born 28 April 1948, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Write everyday. Know that there is no such thing as an overly creative imaginationand that in the process of writing most often the best thing to do is to let the story take control. Write without restraint. Never stop reading. Following Pratchett's lead, fan events such as the Discworld Conventions have adopted the Orangutan Foundation as their nominated charity, which has been acknowledged by the foundation In 1995, a fossil sea-turtle from the Eocene epoch of New Zealand was named in honour of him, Psephophorus Terrypratchetti. The World of Discworld Continued Major Characters Rincewind- The failed and cowardly wizard. The luggage- A chest of sapient pearwood that follows its master anywhere regardless of the location or time. Twoflower- The Discworld's first tourist. The Great God Om- Due to a lack of worship he had been reduced to a small tortoise.

The Great A'Tuin- The World turtle that carries on its back the 4 elephants that support the world as it swims through the universe.
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